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post #1 of 8 Old 03-06-2013, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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I recently got a gaited horse 5 months ago and I joined 4-H ready to compete. I have the rule book for saddleseat and all, I know what to wear etc. But...

How do I get my kentucky mountain horse to do the slow canter like gait?
He won't stay in his gait (Rack).. How do I keep him in it?
Is there a diet I should put him on?
What gaits do they usually ask for at shows?
Is there a specific saddle I need? ( I already have cutback)
And any other advice would help.. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-06-2013, 09:46 AM
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Were you planning on showing 3 gaited or 5 gaited?
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Were you planning on showing 3 gaited or 5 gaited?

She can't show 5-gaited. That is a Saddlebred class that is walk, trot, canter, slow gait and rack.
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I recently got a gaited horse 5 months ago and I joined 4-H ready to compete. I have the rule book for saddleseat and all, I know what to wear etc. But...

How do I get my kentucky mountain horse to do the slow canter like gait?
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practice by doing half halts, circles or if needed shut him down, back 3 to 5 steps and start again until you have achieved desired speed. Reward once you have desired gait.




He won't stay in his gait (Rack).. How do I keep him in it?
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again lots of practice. He needs to learn how to use his hind end to drive into the bit. Circles, serpentines to help build those muscles.
Is there a diet I should put him on?
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I would suggest a biotin or omega horseshine for skin, coat and hooves.
What gaits do they usually ask for at shows?
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depends on class but if showing in Saddleseat you will be required to show horse in his breed of gaits. You can not enter into a 5-gaited class unless you horse does a walk, trot, canter, slow gait, and rack.
Is there a specific saddle I need? ( I already have cutback)
And any other advice would help.. Thanks!

I hope this helps. There is braids you can add. Make sure all equipment and your attire are clean and very formal.
You can use a baby oil around eyes and muzzle for extra shine (little, very little)
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I was going to do 3 gaited..
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Depending on if his horse was trained by professional or not, it would be best to see if you can get some help from a trainer that deals with this breed.

The cues for Saddlebreds, are very different for MFT's, or KMH I would imagine.

I have linked to your breed association, and you should contact them for articles and trainers that might be able to give you information on all of this.


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Also should see what 4H is going to have you do in the classes.

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Depending on if his horse was trained by professional or not, it would be best to see if you can get some help from a trainer that deals with this breed.

The cues for Saddlebreds, are very different for MFT's, or KMH I would imagine.

I have linked to your breed association, and you should contact them for articles and trainers that might be able to give you information on all of this.


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I contacted my trainer and she's coming down Sunday to help.. Thanks
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